Furious NUFC fans threaten to boycott West Ham away as Sky plan ridiculous reschedule date

We have often heard it said that TV companies are making it increasingly difficult for travelling NUFC fans of late and their latest move is possibly the worst yet.

Rafa Benitez’s side and the travelling Toon Army were set to make the trip to West Ham on Saturday 23rd December to face the Hammers in a 3pm kick off at the London Stadium, however it has now emerged that Sky may move the Premier League fixture to CHRISTMAS EVE as part of a new ‘Super Sleigh Bell Sunday’. A potentially ridiculous move, showing a total disregard for travelling supporters once again.

Traditionally, games have not been played on Christmas Eve and for very good reason, with this potential rescheduling handing us a gruelling 560 mile round trip in the hours before Christmas day.

Here’s what The Guardian had to say about the possible rearrangement:

‘On Monday, it emerged the second match being mooted for rescheduling to Christmas Eve is West Ham v Newcastle, which would almost certainly occupy the 1.30pm TV slot and mean a round trip of 560 miles for travelling Geordies, who, unlike Father Christmas, do not have the luxury of airborne sleighs drawn by reindeer to speed them home.’

Given our location, we have it tough enough – not that the TV companies make allowances for this – however this is yet another potentially dreadful and thoughtless decision which is sure to be met be entirely justified discontent from all involved – with plans for Arsenal vs Liverpool to be arranged for Christmas Eve also.

Here’s how both Newcastle and West Ham fans have reacted on Twitter – with some already planning potential boycotts:

Sort it out Sky – without fans there’d be no Premier League football. Ridiculous.

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About Olly Hawkins

Born in Gateshead, Olly was a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

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